This article presents the handwritten correspondence and transcriptions of nine previously unpublished letters to his family by William Louis Abbott (1860-1936), written from May to August of 1898 during his time as a volunteer in the exclusive "irregular" cavalry of volunteers who assembled in Tampa to battle the Spanish during the Spanish-American War. These letters comprise a substantive addition to the corpus of primary data on key historical figures in this Tampa-based effort to aid the Cuban insurgency as part of the Spanish-American War, and also contain first-hand accounts of conditions at Tampa, Florida, where U.S. military soldiers and irregular volunteer forces under Cuban insurgent command prepared for the Cuban incursions.

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